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Christmas tree arrives in downtown Middletown; it's bigger than last year's

Twenty-one feet at its widest point, Middletown’s 2017 Christmas tree would have qualified as a wide load as it was making its way down Union Street being led by a borough police escort with lights …

Pa. Turnpike expects Thanksgiving to be busiest holiday of year; here is when not to travel

One week away from Thanksgiving and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is projecting that 3.55 million cars and trucks will travel the turnpike during the six-day period, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 …

Interstate 83 work scheduled on Sunday morning for John Harris Bridge over Susquehanna

Between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dauphin County maintenance crews will close the right lane of northbound Interstate 83 and conduct bridge deck repair work on the John Harris Bridge over the …

Lower Dauphin alumni group honors 5 for efforts

Lower Dauphin Alumni Association honored five for contributions to the district and community during the Homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 27, followed with a reception the next day at Cassel …

Press & Journal staffers accept award as best weekly newspaper of its size in Pennsylvania

Press & Journal Editor Jason Maddux, Creative Director Julianna Sukle and Publisher Joseph G. Sukle Jr. accepted awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s Newspaper of the …

Spear, Luther honored as MAHS Students of the Month

Jacob Spear and Shelby Luther are the November Students of the Month for Middletown Area High School. Jacob is the son of Mitch and Debbie Spear. School activities include serving as class …

Area and countywide election results for 2017 November general election

* elected (unofficial results) Middletown mayor (elect 1) * James H. Curry III 897 Robert W. Givler 499 Middletown Borough Council, four-year seat (elect 3) * Jenny Miller 990 * …
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Local sports

Middletown Midgets take Super Bowl, win National Conference championship

The Middletown Blue Raider Midgets beat New Cumberland in the National Conference Super Bowl on Sunday at the Susquehanna High School field, besting the Saints 14-12 in a hard-fought …

Seven Sorrows falls short of Federal Conference title in Super Bowl

The Seven Sorrows Eagles came up short in their bid for a Super Bowl title, dropping a 28-12 decision to the undefeated West Perry Mustangs on Saturday in the Federal Conference championship game at …

Local runners take part in Harrisburg Marathon

The Harrisburg Marathon marked its 45th year Sunday, starting on the Market Street Bridge and finishing along North 2nd Street. Middletown’s Tim Ebersole finished in 3:00.42. Middletown’s Sean …

Middletown Area High School bowling season starts with 2 losses

The Middletown Blue Raiders Bowling Club dropped its first two matches of the Harrisburg Area Interscholastic Bowling League season. The season started Nov. 2. Middletown lost to Central Dauphin …

Get tickets for Thursday's Middletown football game at Hersheypark Stadium

Middletown is playing in the District 3 championship game at Hersheypark Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Middletown will be on the press box side of the stadium. Pre-sale tickets are …

Middletown rolls over Bermudian Springs, will play in district title game Thursday vs. Wyomissing

Chasing a school rushing record on Friday night at chilly War Memorial Field, senior running back Brady Fox came up about 50 yards short when an ankle injury ended his night late in the third …

Blue Raiders a perfect 10; 2nd straight undefeated regular season; Bermudian Springs is playoff foe

Donovan Brady kicked a 49-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half Saturday afternoon vs. Steelton-Highspire. Before and after that momentous kick, the Middletown offense scored plenty …

Middletown, Seven Sorrows Midgets both in Super Bowls

Both the Middletown and Seven Sorrows Midget football teams are on the way to their respective CFA conference Super Bowls after posting wins this weekend. The Blue Raiders (8-2) will play the New …
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Twins’ bake sale at Reid Elementary School raises $400 for hurricane victims

Twin brothers Miles and Mitchell Miscevich surpassed their wildest dreams by raising $400 to help those affected by hurricanes this year. The brothers, fourth-graders at Reid Elementary School in …

Site of former Klahr store on South Union Street sold to company that owns adjacent building

A vacant lot at 25 S. Union St. that Middletown borough purchased four years ago as part of the downtown streetscape improvement project has been sold to private investors. Borough council by …

Hearing for alleged River House shooter Stark continued until January

The case against Tanner Stark, the 22-year-old Mount Joy man charged with the March 24 shooting at River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township, has been continued until Jan. 3, 2018. Stark’s …

Man jailed on outstanding warrants, contact with minor: Court Roundup

A Northumberland County man is in Dauphin County Prison on $100,000 bail on charges of having inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old girl who lives in Middletown. Richard David Fahnestock, 43, …

Drugs 101: Parents and students get together to learn how to avoid abuse

Derek Brooks had the opportunity to hold a sheep brain, watch others try to walk with an ankle bracelet attached to their leg, and see the effects heroin has on users at “Drugs 101: What Parents …

Police seek help in daytime robbery of $12,000 outside bank; details about suspect released, but not many

Middletown police are asking anyone with information to come forward regarding a robbery of $12,000 cash that took place in broad daylight — 10 a.m. on a Saturday — in the rear parking …

Eight pairs of sneakers worth a combined $11,800 — yes, $11,800 — reported stolen in Middletown

Eight pairs of sneakers — with a combined value of $11,800 — were reported stolen during a break-in of one of the apartments in the Nittany Place complex in the 600 block of Spring Street …
Editorials

Sanctity of our electoral process in United States is paramount: Editorial

Without the sanctity of our electoral process, we really have nothing as a nation. If we can’t say for certain who we actually elected for jobs ranging from tax collector to president, then …
Columnists

A new country to call home for Eddy the Expat?: Ed O'Connor

After 7,859 miles and 29 hours, the landing gear deployed and the plane came to a halt at Chisinau International Airport in Moldova, Eastern Europe.  Chisinau, the country’s capitol, …

A way to fight drugs — make it less profitable to traffic opioids: John Cassara, Nathan Proctor

The president will now declare what many of us experience first hand, that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency. Frankly, with as many as 59,000 deaths in 2016, there doesn’t seem to …

States shouldn’t bail out nuclear power plants: David Williams

  More than half of America’s nuclear power plants face a financial crisis. Collectively, these plants lose nearly $3 billion a year. They haven’t been able to compete with power …
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